August 15th, 2005

Tuesday, August 16

I'm back! And I must say, I'm flattered that you guys were so worried! I should have clarified that "offline for a bit" meant "a few hours while Cookie Monster and I work on a project." Just that, I knew I wouldn't be back until quite a while after midnight EST. And I wish I'd realized months ago that this is what I should do about the monthly letters, so you guys don't have to put your comments in the thread for the previous day's strip.

Now, on with today's strip. (Ach!)


Panel 1: No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! She has to give Lawrence HER version of events! They didn't even SEE what happened; who knows how they'll interpret her "went after me" explanation! But of course, Anthony has already assumed the role of squire, with his hands on her shoulders. And Liz probably has the vapors, and has to lie down with a cool cloth on her forehead. And we'll let Lawrence decide whether or not to bring the police into it; gay or not, he's still a man, and better equipped than Liz to deal with these things. Grrr...

Panel 2: Oh! Look at her eyes! It's finally hitting her that Anthony is The One! And he looks like Wally Walrus!

Panel 3: Now, how does she know he wanted gardening tools? I love how she doesn't put him on the spot with a question or anything. Of COURSE his intentions are honorable. Of COURSE it was just the biggest coincidence since O.J. Simpson purchasing a knife the week before his ex-wife and an innocent bystander were stabbed to death in his garden. Of COURSE she sets him up for...

Panel 4: ...a blatant declaration that he, too, has been stalking her. ell_eye_see said it better than I could, so I'll repost:

Anthony: I told Therese I needed to run a few errands, and left her at home with our baby so I could come by to see you. Having you stop by in our house while Therese was away learning how to earn more money to support us really reminded me that I find you a hell of a lot hotter than I find my wife and the mother of my child. I'd love nothing better than to dump her and hook up with you, if you think that'd be OK. I'm really hoping now that this timely incident with Howard will convince you that you NEED a man to protect you. And... um... don't forget - your biological clock is ticking!

Disgusting. Disgusting. Disgusting. You know, I wonder if Lynn has ever read anything by Joy Fielding. I can't remember the name of the book, but I borrowed it from my sister once. [SPOILER]This recently divorced public defender (I think; some kind of lawyer, anyway) was being stalked in a blatantly threatening way. All signs pointed to a very scary criminal who she'd either gotten acquitted, or gotten convicted and he'd just gotten out of jail. Point is, he was doing all kinds of unambiguous stuff like killing her pets...and in the end, it turned out he had no grudge against her. Her ex-husband had hired him to do the stalking so that she'd realize how much she needed a man to protect her.[/SPOILER]

Now, I'm not making any claims one way or the other about Fielding's worthiness as a writer, EXCEPT that a) the story was VERY compelling while I was reading it b) I didn't think the ex-husband was supposed to be a hero, mostly because the main character was shown resisting his "help" and "comfort" and c) she ended up telling him to get lost after all. It was not romantic.

And neither is this.


Oh, and one more thing. Which do you think would be more likely to get a response---one "Lynn, you suck" letter signed by all of us, or a plethora of letters from individuals? Let me know.